Big names headline girls education lecture

An evening of inspired conversation is set for May 3 when the Right Honorable Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Tina Brown, Editor-In-Chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, are scheduled to speak about empowering girls through education.

“We’ve all seen the headlines that garnered global outrage — brave and determined young women falling victim to ruthless acts of violence — and it is now incumbent on all of us to take action and help the world understand that without education for girls, very little can change in the developing world,” said Shauna Varvel, Room to Read’s Greenwich Chapter co-chair.

John Wood, founder and board co-chair of Room to Read and author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World and Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy, added,  “The fact that over 100 million girls will wake up this morning and not go to school is a tragedy. Our goal is to turn it into an opportunity; when it costs as little as $250 per girl per year to help gain the lifelong gift of education (through Room to Read), the world can, and should, do more.”

Mr. Wood will speak about Room to Read’s mission and sign copies of Creating Room to Read at the event.

Sponsored by the Greenwich Chapter of Room to Read, a global non-profit focused on literacy and girls’ education, and Credit Suisse, the event includes cocktails and dinner and will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Country Day School Dining Room.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $250 at

All event proceeds will directly support Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program, supporting scholarships and mentoring for young women across Asia and Africa.

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